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MDI tackles school security with LearnSafe Initiative.

MDI Security Systems : 27 February, 2008  (Application Story)
School safety and security in Texas to be enhanced with $40 million initiative from MDI.
MDI has announced that the LearnSafe Initiative has partnered with Government Capital Corporation to found the Texas School Safety Fund. The fund, established to finance school safety and security projects, primarily those that arise from critical risk discovered by school security administrators during school district risk audits, is designed so that any Texas school district can receive an effective local or district-wide safety and security program with a comprehensive financing plan tailored to the specific needs of each district.

The Texas Legislature established Senate Bill 11 (TEC 37.108), which is an executive mandate that requires all schools in the state of Texas to conduct comprehensive school safety audits before August 31, 2008. The mandate is not funded by the state and requires school districts to do the following using current budgets:.

* Implement a security audit as required by Subsection (b) of the legislation.
* Conduct a comprehensive security audit of the district's facilities. To the extent possible, a district shall follow security audit procedures developed by the Texas School Safety Center or a comparable public or private entity. This must be accomplished by 31 August 2008, and is required every three years thereafter.
A school district must report the results of the security audit conducted under Subsection (b) to the district's board of trustees and the State of Texas to identify safety and security practices, policies and needs on each school campus within a district.

After a risk assessment or audit has been performed, the LearnSafe Initiative will assist safety administrators with a phased risk mitigation plan, structured around the current and future growth needs of the district. The remediation of known (post-audit) security vulnerabilities and risk in a district is not currently funded by the state, which makes the Texas School Safety Fund a critical financial resource for school districts in need of a safety and security solution.

With the new fund in place, LearnSafe will be the only comprehensive school safety and security resource providing Texas schools with:.

* Remediation of high-risk security and safety vulnerabilities shortly after they are discovered.
* Flexible financing plans with simple documentation including one year payment deferrals.
* Implementation of fix-actions while preparing for the next grant, bond or budget.
* Immediate remediation actions on mold and other urgent school safety issues.
* Complete construction remodeling and Information Technology Infrastructure project assistance.
* The ability to roll a CCTV or security system installation into the retro-fit for increased savings.
* Implementation of Phased or District-Wide Programs and Technology.
* Unified Access Control and Video Surveillance for Police Departments.
* Gang and Behavioural Intervention Programs.
* Complete Maintenance, Central Station Monitoring and Warranty Packages.

LearnSafe has launched the Texas School Safety Fund as Platinum Sponsor of the Texas Safe Schools and Healthy Students Summit. Over 600 Texas school safety administrators and law enforcement officials are in attendance, with keynote speeches from Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and Lt Colonel David Grossman (US Army Retired).

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